The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center seeks artists to design a large-scale portrait bust of Martin Henry Freeman, first African American president of an American college. The marble memorial will become part of the Downtown Rutland Sculpture Trail, a collection of public sculpture planned for completion and placement in this historic Vermont city.
This ongoing collaboration has produced five sculptures to date and aims at installing at least five more over the next several years. Leading the initiative are Green Mountain Power, MKF Properties, Vermont Quarries and the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center. Funding for each sculpture is provided through a combination of individual and corporate donations and grants.
Rutland native Martin Henry Freeman was born in 1826. He attended Middlebury College, graduating in 1849. After serving as president of Allegheny Institute (which became Avery College) he emigrated to Africa where he was professor and president of Liberia College until his death in 1889.
The maquette is to be sculpted in clay, to be reproduced in plaster for enlargement and translation to marble. The finished sculpture will be carved at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.
To apply for this opportunity, please send your resumé/CV, statement/proposal and digital image (jpegs) or slide portfolio (up to 10 images) to firstname.lastname@example.org or The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777. Application deadline is April 19, 2019.